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December 2015

Dear Friends of German Comedy…

Woohoo, it’s December! Ihr Kinderlein kommet, Klinggloeckchenklingelingeling and all that. Unfortunately this year I have missed the big opening of the German Christmas Market in Birmingham, a fascinating event! Last time I was there I was truly gob-smacked as to how many of my countrymen these days are fluent in Romanian.

Anyway, now it’s time for the tale of my favourite Christmas present of all time.

Let me take you back all the way to 1987, when Weihnachtsmann [only recently did I find out it was actually my Mutter!!!] gave me a cassette tape of Kemal Ozturk, a stand-up who is virtually unknown in Turkey but became reasonably well-known in Germany, his adopted home country.

I clearly remember the striking blue and yellow colour combination of the tape’s sleeve. Or is it ‘cover’? No-one knows.

Either way, I had only ever seen Ozturk on panel shows, where his presence led to everyone cracking some tired jokes about invading Cyprus. It’s fair to say he wasn’t for me. I much preferred Helge Schneider and Gerhard Polt and Otto Kuhnle and such like.

God knows therefore why Weihnachtsmann [my Mutter!!!] bought me Ozturk’s ‘Hallo Gastarbeiter’ tape but seeing there’s only so many repeats of Tutti-Frutti one can watch I finally put it in the recorder and what can I say: his stand-up was so much better than I expected. He was so much more than just ‘that Turkish bloke’.

His style of humour was rooted in traditional political Kabarett; most his jokes were blunt statements, delivered with a twinkle in his eye. He was not only a great writer but also a very skilled performer and when I discovered he had been going for more than a decade I couldn’t believe I had been missing out on him all that time.

Luckily he was selling tapes of all his previous shows at his gigs and this gave me the opportunity to build a complete collection of all his shows. I will forever be grateful to Weihnachtsmann [my Mutter!!!] for this amazing present.

Frohe Weihnachten and have a good start to 2016

Henning

PS: If you’re googling Kemal Ozturk and you’re not getting any results it only illustrates the extreme fickleness of success in the entertainment business.

PPS: Eins, Zwei, DIY is out on DVD! Get it here: DVD on Amazon | Download at iTunes
As you can see there are some very encouraging reviews already.

PPPS: Please find below a list of upcoming gigs. I’ll be adding loads more 2016 gigs in the next few days and weeks.
Please revisit the website for the latest updates.


July 2024

18th - Lewes - Con Club - SOLD OUT
19th - London - Betsey Trotwood - SOLD OUT
21st - Tring - Tring Comedy Festival - SOLD OUT

September 2024

28th - Winchester - Theatre Royal - SOLD OUT
29th - Epsom - Playhouse - TICKETS

October 2024

3rd - Southport - Southport Comedy Festival - TICKETS
4th - Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre - TICKETS
8th - Wavendon - The Stables - SOLD OUT
9th - Wavendon - The Stables - SOLD OUT
10th - Wavendon - The Stables - SOLD OUT
17th - Exeter - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
18th - Exeter - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
19th - Torquay - Babbacombe Theatre - TICKETS
24th - Bridport - Electric Palace - TICKETS
25th - Bridport - Electric Palace - TICKETS

November 2024

10th - Norwich - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
11th - Norwich - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
12th - Norwich - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
14th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
15th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
16th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
28th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
29th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
30th - London - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS

February 2025

14th - Leeds - City Varieties - TICKETS
15th - Leeds - City Varieties - TICKETS
20th - Kings Lynn - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
21st - Lincoln - Engine Shed - TICKETS
22nd - Leicester - De Montfort Hall - TICKETS
27th - Hayes - Beck Theatre - TICKETS
28th - Peterborough - The Cresset - TICKETS

March 2025

1st - Northampton - Derngate - TICKETS
2nd - Wycombe - Swan - TICKETS
14th - Dunstable - The Grove - TICKETS
15th - Southend - Cliffs Pavilion - TICKETS
16th - Dartford - Orchard - TICKETS
21st - Whitley Bay - Playhouse - TICKETS
22nd - Whitley Bay - Playhouse - TICKETS
27th - Worthing - Pavilion - TICKETS
28th - Folkestone - Cliffs Pavilion - TICKETS
29th - Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall - TICKETS

April 2025

3rd - Evesham - The Regal - TICKETS
4th - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre - TICKETS
5th - Swindon - Wyvern Theatre - TICKETS
11th - Bath - Forum - TICKETS
12th - Guildford - G Live - TICKETS
24th - Canterbury - Marlowe - TICKETS (On General Sale 9th April 2024)
25th - Crawley - Hawth - TICKETS
26th - Reading - Hexagon - TICKETS

May 2025

2nd - Ipswich - Regent Theatre - TICKETS
3rd - Cambridge - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
8th - Malvern - Festival Theatre - TICKETS
9th - Shrewsbury - Theatre Severn - TICKETS
10th - Shrewsbury - Theatre Severn - TICKETS
15th - Crewe - Lyceum - TICKETS
16th - Buxton - Opera House - TICKETS
17th - Salford - The Lowry - TICKETS
18th - Nottingham - Theatre Royal - TICKETS
22nd - Yeovil - Westlands - TICKETS
23rd - Weymouth - Pavilion - TICKETS
24th - Poole - Lighthouse - TICKETS

June 2025

6th - Portsmouth - Theatre Royal - TICKETS
7th - Portsmouth - Theatre Royal - TICKETS

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